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Forensic Science Technicians

Also called: Crime Laboratory Analyst, CSI (Crime Scene Investigator), Crime Scene Technician (Crime Scene Tech), Forensic Scientist

Where in the Army? In the Army: Military Police

What they do:
Collect, identify, classify, and analyze physical evidence related to criminal investigations. Perform tests on weapons or substances, such as fiber, hair, and tissue to determine significance to investigation. May testify as expert witnesses on evidence or crime laboratory techniques. May serve as specialists in area of expertise, such as ballistics, fingerprinting, handwriting, or biochemistry.
On the job, you would:
  • Keep records and prepare reports detailing findings, investigative methods, and laboratory techniques.
  • Collect evidence from crime scenes, storing it in conditions that preserve its integrity.
  • Testify in court about investigative or analytical methods or findings.

Knowledge

Safety and Government
  • law and government
  • public safety and security
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Math and Science
  • chemistry
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics

Skills

Basic Skills
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • reading work related information
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
People and Technology Systems
  • thinking about the pros and cons of different options and picking the best one
  • figuring out how a system should work and how changes in the future will affect it

Abilities

Verbal
  • listen and understand what people say
  • read and understand what is written
Ideas and Logic
  • make general rules or come up with answers from lots of detailed information
  • use rules to solve problems
Visual Understanding
  • see hidden patterns
  • quickly compare groups of letters, numbers, pictures, or other things
Hand and Finger Use
  • keep your arm or hand steady

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include ideas, thinking, and figuring things out.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Integrity
  • Self Control
  • Analytical Thinking
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Adaptability/Flexibility

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Mideo Systems EZDoc Plus
  • Midwest Information Systems PAX-it
Data base user interface and query software
  • Automated Biometric Identification System ABIS
  • National Crime Information Center NCIC database
Electronic mail software
  • IBM Lotus Notes
  • Microsoft Outlook

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
some college
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$54,360
per year, on average
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